When we think of Kate Middleton, we think of a royal, a duchess, the wife of a prince, the mother of an heir to the throne, etc. Not necessarily a military wife. But that's exactly what she was while Prince William was serving in the Royal Air Force (RAF) until he recently stepped down to focus on being a full-time royal. And hence why she's written a foreword to a new book called Living in the Sliptstream: Life as an RAF Wife, due out in May. It's a collection of stories told by the wives of Royal Air Force servicemen.
Louise Campbell, a rep for the publishing house, told E! News about Middleton's contribution: "The three editors of the collection are all RAF wives themselves, and I think that they just felt that obviously it would lend the book some amazing credibility to have a [foreword] by somebody that's obviously in the public eye, but is also an RAF wife herself." I'll say! The fact that she contributed is major!
But at the same time, it raises the question of whether or not she, being the Duchess of Cambridge, really has much in common with fellow RAF wives? Is it crazy to think that they -- or any military wives -- could relate to her in any way?
Well, when you think about it, royal or not, she still faced many of the same challenges any military wife does. Dealing with her husband being away for periods of time and having to contend with the very real possibility of losing him is an experience Kate shares with others whose partners are serving their country. And it's certainly a case for her to have written the foreword for this book.
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Plus, the author's profits from the books will go to charities Royal Air Forces Association and RAF Benevolent Fund, so it's clear she wanted to give back. Good on her. If for that reason alone, this book sounds like a project we could all get behind! Not to mention that it'll be interesting to check out the Duchess' literary debut!
What do you think about Kate contributing to this book? Do you think of her as a military wife?
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